Saturday, August 19, 2017
HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY TX - MONICA YAO'S FATHER FROM SHANGHAI CAME TO BE WITH HER FOR THE BIRTH OF HER 2ND CHILD WHEN HE WAS MAULED IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD BY 2 CANE CORSOS
Police case # HC17-129721 Mr. Yao, from China, was mauled by 2 dogs while walking in his daughter's neighborhood. He is on life support. Please watch video and share the link if you are so inclined. Thank you very much. -SPF
A man visiting from China was mauled by two dogs on a suburban street in Cy-Fair and is now on life-support at a Houston-area hospital, said a neighbor who witnessed part of the attack.
The victim, whose last name is Yao, is in the ICU and is on a waitlist for an ocular surgeon who can repair damage to his eye. He suffered lacerations to his face, neck and body according to a gofundme.com page started by another neighbor, Sean Patrick Flanery, who is using his Hollywood notoriety to try to raise money for the victim.
"We're trying to facilitate his needs as quickly as possible," said Flanery in his appeal on behalf of the family.
Yao was found motionless in a ditch near his daughter and son-in-law's home with TWO CANE CORSO-BREED DOGS standing near him, said Erik Leffler, a neighbor who responded to the scene.
"I saw the female dog grab him by the shoulder and throw him around like a ragdoll," he said. "He was moaning in pain and his throat was ripped open.""They asked me if I had a gun and started yelling, 'They're killing him! They're killing him!" he said.
The couple, weapons in hand, walked up on the dogs sitting near the man "My wife fires one shot into ground, they both jump back 10 ft.," he said. "I took my shot at the female, hit her in the hip, went to shoot the male because he was starting to run. At this point it's getting too far, I couldn't get a shot that I was sure wouldn't hurt anyone else."
After the shots were fired, the dogs managed to run back to the home of their owner and into the backyard, said Leffler. He believes they somehow got out their kennels because once Harris County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived and pulled into the owner's driveway, the animals started to make a run for the gate. But officers quickly shut it, and were not able to get anyone to respond when they intially used their speakers to command the owners to come out of the house, said Leffler.
A few hours later, said Leffler, deputies called him to come back to the scene after already giving their statements as the owners had arrived back home. He isn't sure, but has heard from other neighbors that the owner has put down both dogs. He said that there are two other documented complaints against the dogs with Leffler said some neighbors have tried to insinuate that he shot the animals without just cause, although he has been able to explain to most of them what he saw.
"When I got there, there was no decision to be made. The decision was already made when I got there and saw what happened," said Leffler.